The Week: 27th May – 2nd June

I have a cover for my book! I can’t share it yet, but it’s FANTASTIC, and I keep randomly opening the file to look at it. I had to fill in a multi-page cover brief to give the designer an idea about what to do, and I was cautiously optimistic, but it is SO much better than I could have hoped for.

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The last day of autumn in Canberra.

So, now it’s winter in Australia. However, we’re still having such beautiful days.

The coming week is A BIG ONE for me. The Battle of Binh Ba 50th anniversary commemorations are going to take up all of my time (the 6th of June is the big day), so any plans to write/read/blog won’t happen. I know it’s the same date as the D-Day commemorations, but this battle was much more significant for the Australian military.

Binh Ba was one of Australia’s iconic battles in the Vietnam War, and my family is heavily involved in all aspects of the anniversary. (I know “iconic” is a bad choice of word, but I don’t know how else to describe it.) My father is one of the organisers of the whole thing – obviously, he fought in the battle – and I am going to have a chance to talk with the man who won a Military Cross for Binh Ba, a man whose book I am currently helping to write.

I am actually “moving into” a hotel here in Canberra for the duration of the events.

New Book for Joanna Shupe

Vintage Romance?

Recently Reread: Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs

The Week: 7th – 13th May

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Autumn in Canberra (this was taken mid-week).

Happy Mother’s Day to people in Australia and other countries where it is celebrated this weekend.

What a weird week. Since I posted last Sunday, a hundred crazy things have happened.

It started with the crazy car accident that nearly took us out at the end of last weekend (that’s not my picture – I wouldn’t have done that when we were busy pulling people from cars).

Then there was the #cockygate trademark drama.

Which was followed by the #rebelliongate trademark drama.

There was a truly horrific crime in Western Australia, where a grandfather murdered three generations of his family on a rural property. Some men’s groups responded by expressing sympathy FOR HIM.

Then there was another terror attack in Paris. For me, the scary thing about this one is I’ve stayed right in that spot four times, sometimes for months at a time.

Today there is a major military memorial event here in Canberra, but the weather has finally turned to autumn. We went from wearing summer dresses outside in the sun on Wednesday, to snow in the national park near us on Friday. I hope it doesn’t rain for this event! (Update: it was all blue skies and sunshine!)

I also blogged about a reread of Tammara Webber’s Breakable.

And posted some Star Wars book craft for the upcoming anniversary of the premiere that took place in the 1970s.

 

 

The Week: 2nd – 8th April

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Autumn leaves and blue skies in Canberra during our current heatwave.

This week feels more like a month! I started it in Broulee on the New South Wales South Coast, spent most of it in the bizarre autumn heatwave that has hit Canberra, watched more than my share of the Commonwealth Games that started mid-week, and now it’s Ukrainian Easter!

I have a number of review books – and a few books I bought for myself – that I thought I’d be finished and have reviewed by now, but I’m really behind. What might have been a relaxing beach holiday with my family turned into lots of kilometres-long walks along coasts and around rocky headlands, visits to lots of Victorian towns, visits to beaches I went to as a kid in the 1980s, and lunches and dinners out at both pubs and fancy restaurants! I walked along a lot of beaches, but never even sat on the sand once!

Today is A Big Day for Ukrainians. The Easter basket and the traditional foods have more significance than Christmas, and if you are in Ukraine around this time of year (as I’ve been a few times), people will continue to wish you “Христос воскрес!” – (Khrystos Voskres! – “Christ is Risen!” – “Happy Easter”) for many weeks after the holiday is over.

Easter Long Weekend

North Broulee Beach New South Wales South Coast Australia Sonya Heaney 31st March 2018 Coast

New (Old!) Books

London as it Might have Been by Felix Barker and Ralph Hyde

Release Day for Anne Gracie

Marry in Scandal (Convenient Marriage series #2) by Anne Gracie

Does a Fiction Author Need a Blog?

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Good Friday – again!

Velykden Old Ukrainian Eastere Postcard Oleg Kovalenko, Lviv, Ukraine (1990-1995)

The Week: 5th – 11th March

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Blue skies and sunshine for Canberra in autumn.

Another week, another lot of world news on repeat (Russian assassinations, American mass shootings, more political drama). It’s a long weekend here, with summer temperatures in the thirties predicted at least until next weekend. Yesterday was spent at the lake, and at some point this weekend we’re planning to finally get to the Special Forces exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.

At some point I have to get more reading done. I’m so behind with my review books!

My review of Accidental Family (The Bachelors of Aspen Valley) by Lisa Bingham

Accidental Family (The Bachelors of Aspen Valley) by Lisa Bingham

Recommended Winter Sport Read

Treacherous Slopes by Terri Reed

Make A Date With Harlequin: Highlander

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ANU Library Update

Ruined books ANU's Chifley Library Canberra 2018

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Book Dress

Sylvie Facon has created a dress made from the spines of books 😍 Wow

The Week: 29th May – 4th June

Driving past Australian Parliament on Saturday afternoon (taken from the back seat of the car). Canberra’s winter has a lot of sunshine!

First day of winter in Canberra.

A colourful last day of autumn on Wednesday.

Above is our neighbour’s ancient, blind, deaf cat this week. For some reason she has just now (at nearly nineteen years of age – in her nineties as a human) decided to move into our house. The problem is, her blindness means she often misses our back door and instead sits there and stares at the brick wall! We had to put a mat out for her because she sits there for hours…

In five days I went from frightening her at every turn, to patting her for the first time, to – on Friday – having her walk into the house, climb on top of me, and settle in for the evening. I felt a bit triumphant to gain the trust of such an unlikely cat.

We began winter with some gorgeous weather, but I’m terrified it’s already June!

So much – not all of it good, some of it hilarious – happened this week.

UPDATE: Yet another terror attack in Britain. 😦 😦

Yesterday Russia deployed 60 000 MORE troops to Crimea. Something else for everyone to ignore. People talk about how bad it was people ignored Hitler, but when Hitler started wars, the world started reacting. Putin has been invading countries for a decade now.

My cousin’s house burnt down – I kid you not. It made the news, and because it’s in the country and he was in Sydney it makes it all so much more difficult to deal with.

The ridiculous thing is that he was renting it out, and the renters basically blew it up by putting embers in a bin near the gas and electricity. However, there aren’t many laws protecting landlords from their tenants’ idiotic behaviour, so this is going to be costly for the innocent party in this mess.

Olivia Newton-John announced she has cancer again. My mother did costume work for one of her tours a few years ago, and apparently she is one of the most genuine, normal, nice celebrities behind the scenes.

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Winter Reads

Thought for the end of the week.

My review of When to Engage an Earl (Spinster House #3) by Sally MacKenzie

My review of The Cornish Escape by Lily Graham

My review of What We Find (Sullivan’s Crossing #1) by Robyn Carr

Nice Hat!

The Week: 22nd – 28th May

Saturday afternoon at the lake in Canberra.

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Midday in Autumn Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 22nd May 2017 Sunny Day Blue Sky Garden Autumn Leaves Autumn Colours Nature IMG_1770

Monday in Canberra

Here is our neighbour’s eighteen-year-old cat, who is TOTALLY blind, almost totally deaf, and yet still climbs all the way up (a fence, and then two flights of stairs) to our back deck on a daily basis, just in case I have some chicken for her.

The Monte Carlo (Monaco) Formula One Grand Prix – the most prestigious event in the whole world of motorsport – is on this weekend. It’s the ten-year anniversary since I first attended that race. I remember it was supposed to be raining all day, but instead it was sunny and hot, and I got a terrible sunburn to match the red dress I had on!

Above is a (rather blurry) picture I took of one of the TV cameras. I’m better with heights more than anyone I know, but I’m pretty sure that would terrify me!

If you watch the race, imagine where your footage is coming from – it’s THAT!

What a bad week for the world. The terror attack in Manchester. Nicky Hayden died, and then Roger Moore died… Russia’s war in Ukraine has escalated again this week – worse than it’s been for six months. And because Trump is such a Putin supporter, Russia is now emboldened to kill so many more… The mass murder of Christians in Egypt. The Islamic extremists in the Philippines. Gorgeous Sri Lanka’s most recent natural disaster (because my family was based in India, I used to travel through there about four times a year). 😦 😦 😦 😦

Also this week: “artist” Jeff Koons has blatantly stolen a Ukrainian artwork, and now his plagiarised sculpture is on display in Rockefeller Center in New York:

My review of The Most Dangerous Duke in London (Decadent Dukes Society #1) by Madeline Hunter

And: Bonus content from Madeline Hunter

Books for the Weekend

Cover Love

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Books with McDonald’s!

The Week: 15th – 21st May

Such a spectacular week in Canberra! Well, we won’t mention Friday (but there is something nice about a rainy autumn day, as long as you can spend it somewhere like a pub – as I did!), but the rest of the week was gorgeous.

I always say summer is my favourite season, but this autumn has been incredible. I might have to change my mind.

This week was the anniversary of Stalin’s ethnic cleansing (some call it genocide) of the Crimean Tatars. It’s yet another Kremlin atrocity nobody ever mentions.

Massive Harlequin News

Born Sexy Yesterday

Catching Up

My review of The Disappearance of Lady Edith (The Undaunted Debutantes #1) by Christina McKnight

My review of No Other Highlander (The McKennas #2) by Adrienne Basso

My review of Claiming His Highland Bride (A Highland Feuding #4) by Terri Brisbin